Women's Hoops Hosts Montana, Iona

Women's Hoops Hosts Montana, Iona

Game Notes (For Montana)

Game Notes (For Iona)

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team continues its season-opening home stand as the Tigers welcome a pair of 2014 postseason teams to the Alex G. Spanos Center this weekend. The Tigers face Montana on Friday at 7 p.m. and Iona on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Pacific is 1-1 on the young season, with a win over Cal State Stanislaus and a loss to No. 15 California. The Tigers are opening the season with four straight at home before three consecutive road games.

The Tigers have been short-handed for the first foray into the season, as All-WCC post Kendall Kenyon has been out with mononucleosis, leaving Pacific with one true post: Marjorie Heard. The 5-10 Emily Simons has filled in and tallied 22 points in a pair of games, hitting 10 of 15 shot attempts from the field, including a perfect three-for-three against Cal.

Pacific has averaged 81 points through two contests, with eleven different Tigers getting into the scoring column. Erin Butler has led the way with 15.5 points per game, while Hailie Eackles (11.5), Simons (11.0) and Madison Parrish (10.5) give Pacific four averaging double-figures. Kristina Johnson has added 9.0 points per game while handing out 10 assists against just one turnover in 60 minutes of action. Butler has hit 8-of-14 from three-point range to open the season, 57 percent from behind the arc. As a team Pacific is shooting 38.3 percent from long distance.

Montana went 23-11 overall last season and advanced to the second round of the WNIT before falling to WCC foe San Diego. The Grizzlies were 14-6 in Big Sky action, falling the championship game of the conference tournament. This season, the Griz are off to a 1-0 start with a 55-44 win over NAIA school Montana-Western. Montana is one of the steadiest programs in the nation, winning 20 games or more in 29 of the last 34 years under head coach Robin Selvig, who is in his 37th season at the helm of the program.

The Tigers are 1-3 all-time against Montana, but have not faced the Grizzlies since 1999 in Missoula, a 55-54 loss. Pacific is undefeated at home, with a 79-77 overtime win back in December of 1982, the lone visit by the Grizzlies to Stockton.

Iona is off to a 1-2 start, downing Fordham but falling to Sacred Heart and Bowling Green. Last season the Gaels went 26-6 overall, 18-2 in MAAC conference play. After being upset in the semifinals of the conference tournament the Gaels dropped a heartbreaker in the first round of WNIT, 90-89, to Harvard.

Pacific is 2-2 all-time against the Gaels, 2-0 in Stockton.